Head over Hills Luxury Retreat  Verified Listing

  • Welcome to Head over Hills, Knysna. in The Heads, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
    Welcome to Head over Hills, Knysna.
  • Head over Hills is a unique 5 Star luxury retreat situated on the beautiful edge of the iconic Knysna heads.
    Head over Hills is a unique 5 Star luxury retreat situated on the beautiful edge of the iconic Knysna heads.
  • Set in one of the most sought after locations, Head over Hills has a unique and tranquil setting with unsurpassed views of the famous Knysna Heads, cliff tops, vast Indian Ocean and entrance to the world famous Knysna lagoon.
    Set in one of the most sought after locations, Head over Hills has a unique and tranquil setting with unsurpassed views of the famous Knysna Heads, cliff tops, vast Indian Ocean and entrance to the world famous Knysna lagoon.
  • Our luxury accommodation and world-class views are the perfect backdrop for a well-deserved celebration of a special occasion, honeymoon, or to simply take in the splendour of our naturally beautiful surroundings.
    Our luxury accommodation and world-class views are the perfect backdrop for a well-deserved celebration of a special occasion, honeymoon, or to simply take in the splendour of our naturally beautiful surroundings.
  • This is the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy spectacular sunsets, catch the dolphins surfing in the waves or watch the whales!
    This is the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy spectacular sunsets, catch the dolphins surfing in the waves or watch the whales!
  • Situated on the jagged edge of the famous rocky cliffs of the Knysna Heads.
    Situated on the jagged edge of the famous rocky cliffs of the Knysna Heads.
  • Views over the cliff tops
    Views over the cliff tops
  • Heated rim-flow swimming pool & wooden sundeck.
    Heated rim-flow swimming pool & wooden sundeck.
  • Wooden sundeck from which to enjoy spectacular sunsets, catch the dolphins surfing in the waves or watch the whales!
    Wooden sundeck from which to enjoy spectacular sunsets, catch the dolphins surfing in the waves or watch the whales!
  • Furnished Wooden Deck & Heated Rim Flow Pool
    Furnished Wooden Deck & Heated Rim Flow Pool
  • Heated Rim Flow Pool
    Heated Rim Flow Pool
  • Furnished deck - A gourmet breakfast is served either in the dining room or on the deck. Our kitchen is open for lunch as well as dinner.
    Furnished deck - A gourmet breakfast is served either in the dining room or on the deck. Our kitchen is open for lunch as well as dinner.
  • Furnished deck.
    Furnished deck.
  • To add to the relaxation which just the view alone at Head over Hills brings, we offer in-house massages.
    To add to the relaxation which just the view alone at Head over Hills brings, we offer in-house massages.
  • A gourmet breakfast is served either in the dining room or on the deck. Our kitchen is open for lunch as well as dinner.
    A gourmet breakfast is served either in the dining room or on the deck. Our kitchen is open for lunch as well as dinner.
  • A gourmet breakfast is served either in the dining room or on the deck. Our kitchen is open for lunch as well as dinner.
    A gourmet breakfast is served either in the dining room or on the deck. Our kitchen is open for lunch as well as dinner.
  • Fully stocked, licensed bar
    Fully stocked, licensed bar
  • Walk-in wine cellar
    Walk-in wine cellar
  • Walk-in wine cellar
    Walk-in wine cellar
  • This is the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy spectacular sunsets, catch the dolphins surfing in the waves or watch the whales!
    This is the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy spectacular sunsets, catch the dolphins surfing in the waves or watch the whales!
  • The Elephant Suite- Open all the doors in summer to maintain a lovely flow from the room to the deck.
    The Elephant Suite- Open all the doors in summer to maintain a lovely flow from the room to the deck.
  • The Elephant Suite- The strategically placed privacy glass on the deck allows you to relax on the comfortable couch or one of the loungers, while you soak up the sun.
    The Elephant Suite- The strategically placed privacy glass on the deck allows you to relax on the comfortable couch or one of the loungers, while you soak up the sun.
  • The Elephant Suite-The strategically placed privacy glass on the deck allows you to relax on the comfortable couch or one of the loungers, while you soak up the sun.
    The Elephant Suite-The strategically placed privacy glass on the deck allows you to relax on the comfortable couch or one of the loungers, while you soak up the sun.
  • The Elephant Suite- fitted with a Hastens beds imported from Sweden, you are almost guaranteed a great night’s sleep with this “all natural” bed and the sound of the ocean literally on the door step.
    The Elephant Suite- fitted with a Hastens beds imported from Sweden, you are almost guaranteed a great night’s sleep with this “all natural” bed and the sound of the ocean literally on the door step.
  • The Elephant Suite- The red Smeg fridge with complimentary cold drinks, beers and water, Nespresso coffee/tea machine, mini-hifi and hair dryer situated at the dressing table, all add to the character of this room.
    The Elephant Suite- The red Smeg fridge with complimentary cold drinks, beers and water, Nespresso coffee/tea machine, mini-hifi and hair dryer situated at the dressing table, all add to the character of this room.
  • The Elephant Suite- The dressing table and mirror are large and will allow any discerning lady plenty of space to work with.
    The Elephant Suite- The dressing table and mirror are large and will allow any discerning lady plenty of space to work with.
  • The Elephant Suite- The separate bathroom has an enormous shower, a spa bath and even a sauna.
    The Elephant Suite- The separate bathroom has an enormous shower, a spa bath and even a sauna.
  • The Elephant Suite- Spa bath
    The Elephant Suite- Spa bath
  • The Elephant Suite- Bathroom
    The Elephant Suite- Bathroom
  • The Elephant Suite- Bathroom
    The Elephant Suite- Bathroom
  • Captain’s suite- Enjoy watching the sunset and our stunning ocean view from one of the loungers on your private balcony, or while relaxing in the spa bath with the stacker doors open as the bathroom is incorporated into the bedroom.
    Captain’s suite- Enjoy watching the sunset and our stunning ocean view from one of the loungers on your private balcony, or while relaxing in the spa bath with the stacker doors open as the bathroom is incorporated into the bedroom.
  • Captain’s suite - The indoor fireplace creates the perfect romantic ambience during our winter months.
    Captain’s suite - The indoor fireplace creates the perfect romantic ambience during our winter months.
  • Captain’s suite - fitted with a Hastens beds imported from Sweden, you are almost guaranteed a great night’s sleep with this “all natural” bed and the sound of the ocean literally on the door step.
    Captain’s suite - fitted with a Hastens beds imported from Sweden, you are almost guaranteed a great night’s sleep with this “all natural” bed and the sound of the ocean literally on the door step.
  • Captain’s suite- The red Smeg fridge with complimentary cold drinks, beers and water, Nespresso coffee/tea station adds to the luxury of this room.
    Captain’s suite- The red Smeg fridge with complimentary cold drinks, beers and water, Nespresso coffee/tea station adds to the luxury of this room.
  • Captain’s suite - Large mirror and hair dryer located at the dressing table.
    Captain’s suite - Large mirror and hair dryer located at the dressing table.
  • Captain’s suite - The bathroom is incorporated into the bedroom.
    Captain’s suite - The bathroom is incorporated into the bedroom.
  • Captain’s suite
    Captain’s suite
  • Captain’s suite
    Captain’s suite
  • Whale suite - Enjoy panoramic views overlooking the ocean, the Knysna heads and the Outeniqua mountains from the comfort of your deck chairs or sun loungers.
    Whale suite - Enjoy panoramic views overlooking the ocean, the Knysna heads and the Outeniqua mountains from the comfort of your deck chairs or sun loungers.
  • Whale suite -Lie in your King sized extra length bed and watch the ocean in front of you.
    Whale suite -Lie in your King sized extra length bed and watch the ocean in front of you.
  • Whale suite - Our red Smeg fridge with complimentary cold drinks, beers and water is a feature in this room, as well as the Nespresso coffee/tea station and beautiful dressing table, where the large mirror and hair dryer is conveniently located.
    Whale suite - Our red Smeg fridge with complimentary cold drinks, beers and water is a feature in this room, as well as the Nespresso coffee/tea station and beautiful dressing table, where the large mirror and hair dryer is conveniently located.
  • Whale suite
    Whale suite
  • Whale suite
    Whale suite
  • Whale suite - The uniquely designed open plan bathroom with a spa bath, is set behind the bedroom on a higher level, just to make sure that the beautiful view is always in sight.
    Whale suite - The uniquely designed open plan bathroom with a spa bath, is set behind the bedroom on a higher level, just to make sure that the beautiful view is always in sight.
  • Seahorse Suite- Balcony with beautiful sea/lagoon view, although it is set back from the front of the house.
    Seahorse Suite- Balcony with beautiful sea/lagoon view, although it is set back from the front of the house.
  • Seahorse Suite - The spacious, open planned mini suite has a beautiful sea/lagoon view, although it is set back from the front of the house.
    Seahorse Suite - The spacious, open planned mini suite has a beautiful sea/lagoon view, although it is set back from the front of the house.
  • Seahorse Suite - fitted with a Hastens beds imported from Sweden, you are almost guaranteed a great night’s sleep with this “all natural” bed and the sound of the ocean literally on the door step.
    Seahorse Suite - fitted with a Hastens beds imported from Sweden, you are almost guaranteed a great night’s sleep with this “all natural” bed and the sound of the ocean literally on the door step.
  • Seahorse Suite - The open plan bathroom features a standard bath and separate shower.
    Seahorse Suite - The open plan bathroom features a standard bath and separate shower.
  • Seahorse Suite- Dressing table with large mirror.
    Seahorse Suite- Dressing table with large mirror.
  • Viewpoint Room - Lie on your queen size extra length bed or on your balcony with deck chairs or sun loungers and soak up the sun or just take in the beautiful surroundings of the Knysna heads and the magnificent ocean below.
    Viewpoint Room - Lie on your queen size extra length bed or on your balcony with deck chairs or sun loungers and soak up the sun or just take in the beautiful surroundings of the Knysna heads and the magnificent ocean below.
  • Viewpoint Room - The Nespresso coffee/tea station, dressing table, large mirror and hair dryer, as well as the signature red Smeg fridge (with complimentary cold drinks, beers and water) are strategically situated for the convenience of our guests.
    Viewpoint Room - The Nespresso coffee/tea station, dressing table, large mirror and hair dryer, as well as the signature red Smeg fridge (with complimentary cold drinks, beers and water) are strategically situated for the convenience of our guests.
  • Viewpoint Room - queen size extra length bed with open plan bathroom.
    Viewpoint Room - queen size extra length bed with open plan bathroom.
  • Viewpoint Room - Signature red Smeg fridge (with complimentary cold drinks, beers and water)
    Viewpoint Room - Signature red Smeg fridge (with complimentary cold drinks, beers and water)
  • Oyster Room - Queen size extra length bed with a side view out to the ocean, into the beautiful entrance of the Knysna lagoon and over the west head.
    Oyster Room - Queen size extra length bed with a side view out to the ocean, into the beautiful entrance of the Knysna lagoon and over the west head.
  • Oyster Room - The open plan bathroom is spacious and has a separate toilet and shower.
    Oyster Room - The open plan bathroom is spacious and has a separate toilet and shower.
  • Oyster Room
    Oyster Room
  • Pansy Shell Room - The balcony with deck chairs and a sun lounger looking straight out to sea, allows for a beautiful sunset or whale and dolphin watching.
    Pansy Shell Room - The balcony with deck chairs and a sun lounger looking straight out to sea, allows for a beautiful sunset or whale and dolphin watching.
  • Pansy Shell Room
    Pansy Shell Room
  • Pansy Shell Room- The en-suite open plan bathroom has a standard bath and separate shower.
    Pansy Shell Room- The en-suite open plan bathroom has a standard bath and separate shower.
  • Pansy Shell Room
    Pansy Shell Room
  • Pansy Shell Room - Nespresso coffee/tea station, dressing table, large mirror and hair dryer, as well as the signature red Smeg fridge (with complimentary cold drinks, water and beers) are strategically situated for the convenience of our guests.
    Pansy Shell Room - Nespresso coffee/tea station, dressing table, large mirror and hair dryer, as well as the signature red Smeg fridge (with complimentary cold drinks, water and beers) are strategically situated for the convenience of our guests.
  • Pansy Shell Room
    Pansy Shell Room
  • Dolphin Room
    Dolphin Room
  • Dolphin Room
    Dolphin Room
  • Dolphin Room
    Dolphin Room
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DSTV
Cleaning service
Safety Deposit Box
Dry cleaning service
Breakfast included
Braai/BBQ Area
Aircon
Laundry facilities
Golf course
Parking on Premises
Airport Transfers
Mini Bar
Shared lounge/TV area
WiFi
Balcony
No smoking
Covid-19 H&S Certified
Conference Facility
Bar
Restaurant
Swimming Pool
Fireplace
Bar fridge
Spa facilities
Dining Area
Deck
Head over Hills is an exclusive retreat situated on the jagged edge of the famous rocky cliffs of the Knysna Heads. We offer you a unique and beautiful setting for the perfect breakaway. The luxury accommodation and breathtaking views will totally mesmerize you and will win you over forever.
In Room Facilities:
For all the rooms:
* private room
* balcony with deck chairs or sun loungers
* ocean or lagoon view
* wireless internet
* safe
* hairdryer
* dressing table
* large mirror
* TV
* DSTV
* SMEG bar fridge
* air condition
* Nespresso coffee and tea facilities
* separate bath and showers
* bathrobes and slippers

Area Information:
List of Events in Knysna:
1. Pink Loerie Mardi Gras: April/May
2. Knysna Literary Festival: April
3. Knysna Speed Festival / Hillclimb: May
4. Knysna Oyster Festival: July
5. Knysna Cycle Tour: July
6. Knysna Forest Marathon: July
7. Talisman Herald Karoo to Coast 100km mountain bike challenge: September
8. Naturally Knysna Festival: October
9. Christmas Concepts: November
10. Knysna Beach Festival: December

Property Facilities:
* Heated Rim Flow Pool
* Furnished Wooden Decks
* Furnished Lounge
* Fully Stocked Bar with Liquor License
* Barbeque Room
* Walk-in wine cellar
* Restaurant
* Plasma Screen Televisions
* DSTV

Attractions:
Knysna is a holiday paradise, with special attractions, good food, outdoor activities and shopping opportunities to please every temperament. The Heads offer panoramic views of the town and lagoon from various view sites, whilst a ferry ride across the water promises an enjoyable day at Featherbed Bay Nature Reserve, on the Western Head. Enjoy Knysna's famous oysters at one of many rustic taverns, along with our own, locally brewed Mitchell's draught beer.

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Property Type Bed and Breakfast, Guest House, Boutique Hotel
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Check-out before 11:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Can Be Used For Film Location, Still Shoots, Wedding
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Reviews

johjem
26 October 2018
An unbeatable view over the ocean and very calming hearing the sound of waves rolling in. Rooms were super, had Captains room which offered a great balcony. Beds were great and from high end Swedish brand Hästens. The whole atmosphere was very tranquil and friendly. Staff highly interested to assist and support and the owners active and keen on every guest being pleased. The kitchen was really good and the wine cellar has a lot to offer. Great support and knowledge from owners and staff to arrange activities and other logistics. All in all a great place.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Peter
09 October 2018
This is probably one of the nicest hotels with the most extraordinary view we ever stayed in. The hotel is located opposite the heads and the views from the property are breathtaking.
We arrived and the service was outstanding, the room was clean and with all amenities one could need. Falling asleep with the sound of the ocean and wind was great. The breakfast was great and the staff super friendly. The only disappointment was that we only booked one night.
Superb. 5 out of 5
betham2017
25 September 2018
Everything about this place is just so beautiful, my room had the best view that i wished for. The staff is so warm and welcoming always making sure we are at ease. It's such a romantic destination my partner and I enjoyed the peacefulness. The chauffeur arrangements to restaurants are the best. I loved everything about the place.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Cora S
19 August 2018
Passing by this hotel, we decided to Knock on the door, we were instantly in love With this beautiful guesthouse on top of the Heads: The super friendly host and the great chef made us feel at home and more, absolutely a guesthouse we can highly recommend.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Phillip
16 July 2018
This is a true Gem on the Garden Route & the ideal base from which to explore Knysna and surroundings. Martin is a great host with excellent support staff. They all go out of their way to ensure a great and supremely comfortable stay - We were in the Elephant Suite with its Haestens bed - an unexpected comfort. Great wine list and excellent food. Wish we had planned to stay for longer.
Superb. 5 out of 5
166louw
11 July 2018
Was treated to world class service, great food and a welcoming environment. We were part of a group of Reps who stayed at HOH for the knysna Oyster festival! Martin & Theresa together with their ever impressive team made our time in Knysna feel like a home from home.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Francois
11 July 2018
Hands down the best view in all of Knysna! Add to that Hästens beds, South Africa's greatest wines, delicious food and the fantastic owners, Martin and Therese, and you have a place you would never want to leave.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Martin
10 July 2018
When visiting the Garden Route I spent two nights at Head over Hills and experienced: 5 star hosts 5 star views 5 star rooms 5 star wines 5 star food I will definitely be back when traveling through the area. Regards
Superb. 5 out of 5
laylajadew
01 July 2018
We have had the best 4 days at Head over Hills. The views are the best you can find, overlooking the Knysna Heads and ocean, where we saw plenty of whales. The meals were absolutely delicious and Webster was just the best! He made us feel so at home and was so helpful, going out of his way to accommodate us. The rooms are equipped with everything you could wish for... including a nespresso machine to enjoy a delicious coffee while enjoying the stunning views. There is also an amazing selection of wines to choose from. Thank you Martin, Therese & Webster for an unforgettable holiday!
Superb. 5 out of 5
Berta
12 June 2018
The service was amazing with lots of attention from the manager, a great guy! We really enjoyed our stay, and he really made it happen!
The drinks at the honesty bar are high quality, so it's absolutely amazing to have a swim at the pool overlooking at the cliffs with a gin and tonic!
The rooms were stunning with big amazing windows, and the bath was amazing!
Absolutely recommend this spot if you happen to go there!
Superb. 5 out of 5

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